Edward Legei from the Presidential Escort Unit (PEU) is the new winner of the Kenya Open full-bore target rifle shooting championship that ended Sunday at the Stony Athi range.
Legei who is attached at the Presidential Escort Unit beat last year's winner Christopher Saina from the Kenya Police General Service Unit (GSU).
The former champion hit the bull's eye five times in the final 1,000m to take the final with a total of 645-25 ahead of former champion Saina who garnered 641-23 points Saina was followed by Farihya Mohammed, the top female shooter.
Mohammed scored 622-19 points. Saina, champion in 2011 and 2012 finished with four overall individual title.
He returned 519-23 at 900 to win the Ford Ranger trophy, Ford Everest, Stuart Wartley and Ford Ranger Ltd XI categories Mike Lekaleile finished fourth with 621-22.
John Serem from Kenya Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) returned 620-20 while Michael Gitahi had 619-18 to finish fifth and sixth respectively.
The biggest improvement in the run up to the final, (1,000m) range was Mohammed who moved up four places having finished sixth at 900m with 500-19 only to finish third behind Kenya’s sharpest snipers.
Saina topped the 900m with 519-22 followed by last year’s runners up Satiender Sehmi (519-22) with Legei third with 516-25. Gitahi occupied the fourth position with 507-25 points followed by Moses Wachira (504-25), Farihya (Mohammed) taking sixth place ahead of Timothy Barase who tied with Arnest Mwendwa at (499-19).
Serem took ninth place on 491-20 above Lekalaile (491-19) same as Abraham Gitonga with Fredrick Mwema finishing 12 on 490-22 points.
24 shooters for Bisley
Edward Mulei (490-14), David Kirui (489-16), Peter Muli (488-17), Mustapha Dida (488-17), George Maina (487-19), John Kamau (487-17), Simon Saitoti (487-16), Paul Munene (486-19), Reuben Macharia (486-18), Nathan Mringie (485-20) Mark Ekiru (485-13), Joyce Chebii (484-12), Martin Kirwa topping the list with a consolation.
A team of 24 shooters will be named later to take part in the United Kingdom Bisley Imperial Shooting Championship which starts on June 25, 2013.
The team will consist of the top shooters who posted the highest scores during the entire season that began in January culminating to the finals held Sunday at the Stony Athi shooting range.
The 75th edition of the Kenya Open Target Rifle championship brought together participants from the Kenya Defence Forces Rifle Association KDF, Kenya Police College, General Service Unit GSU, Presidential Escort Unit, Criminal Investigation Unit (CID), Kenya Wildlife Service KWS, Anti Stock Theft Unit, Kenya Airports Authority, Railways Police, Kenya Regiment Rifle Club KRRC and Machakos County Rifle Club.
According to the Kenya full-bore captain Wilberforce Kerema, the team will be expected to better their 2011 performance at the Bisley after attending an intensive training session at Stoni Athi range.